From: Mustafa Jabbar (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat May 07 2005 - 00:04:45 CDT
These information are really excellent. In fact I am looking for a Word
Processor-probably OpenOffice supports Unicode in Bangla, a Photo Editor
like Photosahop which supports Unicode with Bangla, a Illustration Tool with
Unicode Bangla Support and a pagemakeup software with Unicode and Bangla. In
fact I wnat to repalce Office, Photoshop, Iluustrator and Quark/Indesign.
On the other hand is there any Video Editin, Animation software with Unicode
I shall prefer Windows as I am familiar with its interface. I am also
willing to use MacOS-X for the same purpose. As I am not familiar with Linux
I want to have a GUI where comamnds are not to be used. Than I might look
Is there anyone who has tested the products and can ensure that the whole
thing will work professionaly?
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On
Behalf Of Edward H. Trager
Sent: Wednesday, May 04, 2005 9:39 PM
Cc: Mustafa Jabbar
Subject: Re: Alternatives to Adobe CS2 [Was: Unicode Support in Adobe CS2]
In as much as Adobe does not currently support Indic script layout properly,
you might want to investigate whether or not one of the following Open
can meet your needs:
Inkscape is an open source drawing tool with capabilities similar to
Freehand, and CorelDraw. It uses the W3C standard Scalable Vector
format, so illustrations done in Inkscape should be exportable to these
Inkscape use the Pango layout engine which supports the layout of Indic
Indic-derived scripts. The following chart shows which complex text
scripts were supported in Pango 1.8 as of December, 2004:
A bug I filed with the Inkscape developers in December regarding
positioning of over-the-consonant and under-the-consonant
vowels and tone marks for Thai (which would most likely also affect
scripts like Devanagari and Bengali) was reported as fixed and closed
on March 10, 2005.
I have not yet personally had a chance to verify the reported fix.
Inkscape is available for Linux and Windows. I believe some people are
on a port for Mac OS X.
Scribus in an open source desktop publishing tool (DTP) which now also
has commercial support
available (from one company in Massachusetts, USA, and one other in
Luxembourg so I guess USA and
Europe are covered).
Indic support is apparently quite new, there might be some bugs:
I am not seeing any Windows binaries, so probably one has to have a
Linux box. In any case, the
Indic support is I believe only currently available from development
version 1.3.1 on, which almost
certainly is only available in a Linux format.
- Ed Trager
Kellogg Eye Center
Univ. of Michigan
Ann Arbor, USA
On Wednesday 2005.05.04 09:42:54 +0600, Mustafa Jabbar wrote:
> Dear Eric,
> Thank you very much for your reply. I also understand that your software
> runs on MacOS and Linux too and you use your proprietory way of displaying
> Unicode Characters. But you also use APIs from Windows and it might be
> easier to use Uniscribe for Wiondows.
> In my opinion Adobe can get an extra advantage ( I know they are already
> ahead of everybody in creativity) by supprting Unicode as all Adobe
> are creativity products. Typography is a big issue in this creativity
> As Unicode gives the best typography for Indic languages, people will be
> definitely be going one step ahead with Adobe products with Unicode
> for Indic languages.
> I shall request through you to the policy makers of Adobe to consider the
> issue seriously.
> As a Adobe product user and Indic Language solution provider I wish we can
> do better with Unicode with Indic Languages support.
> Thanks and regards
> Mustafa Jabbar
> -----Original Message-----
> From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On
> Behalf Of Eric Muller
> Sent: Tuesday, May 03, 2005 10:39 PM
> To: 'Unicode List'
> Subject: Re: Unicode Support in Adobe CS2
> Mustafa Jabbar wrote:
> >Dear Eric,
> >As I understand Windows XP SP has a .dll which is responsible for display
> >Unicode Glyphs and Codes.
> As Chris mentionned, we use our own software for that (consider that our
> applications also run on MacOS, as well as a number of Unix platforms
> for some of them).
> > But we have found that Adobe applications only
> >displays ?,if the code is beyond 256, the glyphas are not displayed.
> This is not my experience with InDesign, Illustrator, PhotoShop, Acrobat
> (to name only those I use). May be you are using an old application such
> as PageMaker?
> >Indic languages have almost 50% of the world's polpulation.
> >Can Adobe ignore it?
> Because of our policy about product announcements, I cannot tell you
> whether future versions of specific products will support Indic scripts.
> I surely hope we will do so, but I am just a lowly engineer with little
> influence on our product decisions.
> PS: your clock is fast by about a month.
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